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Councilmember Daniel Dromm on Soon-to-Launch Municipal ID Program

New York City Councilmember Daniel Dromm answers questions about what he calls this “must-have accessory for all New Yorkers."

Washington Irving High School, near Union Square, is one of 22 schools scheduled to be phased out between now and when the remaining students graduate in 2013. In five of these phase-out schools, only the middle schools will be closed, while the attached high schools or elementary schools will remain open. Flickr/eden pictures
John Farley  |  May 15, 2012 5:31 AM | Comments
MetroFocus maps what's coming and going: 24 turnarounds schools; 22 phase-outs; 54 new schools, 24 of which are charters; 4 closures.
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May 15, 2012 5:30 AM | Comments
MetroFocus asked New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott how the largest school system in the country is preparing for the future.VIDEO
In April 17, after walking 150 miles from New York City, a group of 15 undocumented students arrived in Albany to advocate for the passage of the New York State DREAM Act. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has no taken a position on the bill. Photo courtesy of the New York State Leadership Council.
John Farley  |  May 15, 2012 5:25 AM | Updated: June 15, 2012 3:02 PM | 58 Comments

On June 15, President Barack Obama announced a radical policy shift on immigration, which in many ways works around congressional resistance to the federal DREAM Act.

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Rolling chair operators walk past Revel, the newest casino in Atlantic City, N.J., Thursday, May 10, 2012, the same day that that New Jersey casino regulators released figures showing that the $13.4 million Revel won in its first month of operation ranked it 8th among Atlantic City's 12 casinos. AP/Wayne Perry
John Farley  |  May 11, 2012 3:36 PM | Comments
As revenues fall and competition increases, can experimental revitalization models save the declining boardwalk empire?VIDEO
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Yolanne Almanzar and Alexander Hotz for The New York World  |  May 11, 2012 3:10 PM | Comments
Cuts in federal funding to New York City that have hit child care particularly hard, with a projected $16 million cut for Head Start and another $14 million cut for the Child Care Block Grant.
Council chambers at City Hall. City Council caucuses will be pushing their priority issues in the coming months for the 2011-2012 legislative year. Flickr/ambersandyslexyia
Alexander Hotz for The New York World  |  May 8, 2012 11:02 AM | Comments
Buried deep in New York City’s laws lurk obscure bits of bureaucracy. But these dusty corners of government are about to get a housecleaning.
ew York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg presents his proposed executive 2013 New York City budget at City Hall in New York, Thursday, May 3, 2012. The total proposed city budget exceeds $68.7 billion this year and Bloomberg has until the end of June to negotiate a final version with the City Council. AP/Lucas Jackson, Pool
John Farley  |  May 7, 2012 12:37 PM | Comments
The full schedule of City Council's hearings on the executive budget for 2013 is now available.
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was particularly embarrassed by a 2008 scandal over innapropriate use of City Council's discretionary budget. Even though reforms were put in place since then, a new report says more improvements should be made. Flickr/Ennui Poet
John Farley  |  May 7, 2012 12:20 PM | Comments
A new report indicates that improvements are still needed in the City Council's budget process.
On May 1, unionized workers at the Strand Bookstore formed a picket line in front of their workplace, and were joined by participants from Occupy Wall Street. The Strand's unionized employees' contract expired last September, and they say they're preparing to authorize a strike vote.
John Farley  |  May 3, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
On May Day, workers at the Strand Bookstore picketed their workplace and said they're planning to vote whether to authorize a strike. VIDEO
Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented his preliminary budget for 2013 in February. Cuts to youth services have advocates and elected representatives up in arms. Photo by Edward Reed.
Georgia Kral  |  May 2, 2012 4:00 AM | Updated: May 3, 2012 4:20PM | 1 Comment
Cuts to city-subsidized child care slots and after-school programs have advocates and elected officials up in arms.VIDEO
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